Cusco urban society comprised ten noble lineages or panaqa, ten non-inka ayllu, and aqllakuna and yanakuna, who had been brought to Cusco to service the Sapa Inka, the nobility and the ceremonies and festivals that were an integral part of religion and government. Overall, it was divided socially and spatially into an upper moiety, Hanan, and a lower one, Hurin. This chapter outlines the archaeological evidence for food preparation and brewing and residential life. It defines kitchens, meals, and the scale of production. Despite documentary evidence for craft industry, there is little archaeological data. The final section examines the disposal of the dead, drawing distinctions between traditional inka “open air” disposal, sub-floor burial in kancha for non-inka, and burial in significant places as offerings. Examination of pottery assemblages throughout the city determined that no specific spatial distinction could be drawn between Hanan and Hurin.
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